George Lucas' THX 1138 is one of the finest science-fiction films ever made - far, far better than childish tripe like Star Wars. Though the subject matter of the film is certainly not particularly original, Lucas manages to capture the paranoia, the strangeness, and the alienation of THX's regimented, preprogrammed future brilliantly by creating a film that, though it does have a recognizable plot, is more like a cross between surrealist experimental film and a dislocated documentary. Its dystopian vision is matched only by other masterpieces like Blade Runner and A Boy and His Dog.
THX 1138: Incidental Sound Architectures is not a new soundtrack to the film, nor is it built from samples of the brilliant audio architecture found in the film itself. Rather, it is a collection of pieces inspired by the various elements - visual, auditory, narrative - that comprise the film itself. It is, in essence, a set of sonic sculptures that comprise a reprocessing of the film via the wetware installed in my skull. Heavy rhythms, sliced'n'diced beat salads, and all manner of weird, mechanical atmospherics combine to shave you bald and give you a tray full of government-approved sedatives.
Sounds like: Otto von Schirach, Phil Western, Download, Haujobb, Architect, lots of bald, androgynous human drones milling about in vast underground facilities monitored by robotic police.
02 Properly Sedated
03 By The Masses For The Masses
04 Thermal Transfer (Dance Mix)
05 The Theatre of Noise
07 Department of Biological Flow
08 Contortion Control
09 White Room
10 Shell Dweller (John Carpenterish Version)
11 Car Chase
12 Emerge (End Credits)
ZIPfile contains all tracks in 256kbps MP3 form, plus printable-quality cover art and liner notes.
This album is also available in lossless FLAC format.
NOTE: Due to space limitations, only four tracks are provided here separately for listening purposes. All of the tracks are available in the ZIP, of course!